A word on Integrity
Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’ (1 Kings 9:4-5)
David had some problems, most notably in regard to the matter of Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11). However, aside from that very notable and consequently destructive misconduct, David had walked in integrity. For the purpose of this writing, it is this we shall focus on. However, before we delve into the matter of personal and ministerial integrity, let us more carefully examine the above passage.
God makes a promise to Solomon, and one of particular interest to a king. Every king in his right mind wants his dominion to last, and he wants it to continue in its present strength or greater long after he has died. God tells Solomon that if he walks in integrity, obeying everything that God has commanded him to do, and keeping his Law, then he will always have a man on Israel’s throne. Now, you may be thinking that we are not the kings of Israel, nor of any other earthly realm, and while that is certainly true, and while no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20), God’s statements in the Bible do serve to reveal his nature to us.
That having been said, if we understand that, spiritually speaking, God has made us kings and priests (e.g., 1 Peter:2:9; Revelation 1:5-6), then there is a degree of authority, power, and majesty which has has ordained for each of us. These may be overt and obvious, or they may very well be quiet and unobtrusive, but they are intended for us nonetheless. We should also consider that God’s promise for the continuity of Solomon’s kingdom reveals another aspect of his intention for us, whether we walk in the prophetic or not: the impact and influence of the authority God has purposed for us is also intended to extend beyond us, and even beyond our lifetimes. There may be aspects of your vision that God has intended to be started by you, but completed by others, whether by those of future generations physically, or by your spiritual offspring. It is also of the utmost importance that we keep in mind that fathers tend to acquire most of their honor through their sons. Abraham was given the Promise, but it was in Isaac that his seed was blessed, and it was Jacob who sired the patriarchs of the nation that bore his new name, Israel. And yet, even these did not receive the fulness of the promise. Their descendant, Moses, brought Israel to the Promised Land, but his successor brought them in, while it was David who finally conquered it, and the ultimate manifestation of the great Promise of Abraham came by way of Jesus Christ. We would do well to remember, that the name of Jesus has been exalted above every name for the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). Thus, we must remember that integrity is not only the key to the manifestation of the kings God called us to be, but it is also crucial to the rise of those sons whose work will bring God’s honor upon the work which the Lord first committed to us.